A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!
Authorities were using cadaver dogs to search an Abilene landfill on Friday afternoon for evidence in their investigation of Hailey Dunn’s disappearance, CNN affiliate KTAB reported. A Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman told KTAB that many landfills in the Colorado City area have already been searched and that such activities are not uncommon in missing person cases.
Also on Friday, Colorado City City Manager Pete Kampfer told KTAB that Shawn Adkins, the boyfriend of Dunn’s mother, is now considered a suspect in the case. However, he downplayed the significance of the distinction from previously classifying him as a “person of interest” as “a matter of semantics” and said that Adkins is simply “at the top of the pyramid” of people they are investigating.
Adkins, the last person to see Hailey before she was reported missing on December 27, has denied any responsibility for her disappearance. He told the Associated Press Friday that he would "never ever do anything to harm Hailey." According to the AP, he said that he loves Hailey and prays daily for her safe return. In the AP interview, he also denied some of the allegations made against him in recently-released search warrant affidavits, claiming that police misquoted him and that he did not suggest Hailey was promiscuous and using drugs.
City Manager Kampfer is dismissing rumors that searchers have discovered a human bone. He told a Nancy Grace producer Friday that it was actually an animal bone and no human remains have been found.
In addition, a Mitchell County judge released a search warrant return Friday morning detailing items that police found in Billie Jean Dunn’s Chevy Lumina. The items seized included electrical tape, a lighter, trace evidence, miscellaneous papers and debris from the trunk of the vehicle.